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Three loops, conflict and classroom dynamics.

In preparation for an activity on Thursday, please re-read the comments for Paul Grobstien's presentation of the "Three Loops of Understanding" and read "The Balanced Story Model" by Bharath Vallabha.


Geneva Tolliferreo's picture

7/31 AM Observations: Prof. Grobstein and Guests

Well, since my first entry, which was detailed, just flashed out, in my frustration my comments are as follows:

glad it all came together for the sake of the students.  Although, I am not sure how Sudoku in class today factored into today's lesson.  Good point made about the game, great fun playing it.  Just not sure of its relevence in this context.


Reminds me of assessments for / of students...what's the point?

Moira Messick's picture


It really resonated with me.  Now, I would like to apply the four levels of inquiry to levels of oscillation within my classes.  As much as I agree that Level 4 is where the most valuable learning takes place and I acknowledge that it is good to push students outside of their comfort zone.  Initially, the most important aspect of any new learning community is to set a foundation and atmosphere of trust.  Once that is established, students' comfort levels can be pushed gently at first.  This respects the fact that their individual "stories" as learners may only be at level two of inquiry.  It is important to meet them at their level to establish credibility then move ahead....

Oscillation among levels is crucial to reach all of our responsibilities as educators.  These include nurturing creative thinkers and accountability to the content.  The Balancing of Stories model illustrates this point well.  It acknowledges the fact that year to year the dynamics of my class, "Communique" will change and grow with each class setting the tone with their willingness to take part in the varying levels of inquiry.

I loved this article, it addressed my biggest concern... at the beginning of this institure, I was interpreting some people's comments in this class as being PRO-"Infinite Stories."  I did my best to articulate the concerns I had with this.  Vallabha's article does an excellent job summarizing the deficiencies of this model.  He goes on to answer my question "What IS the balance between flexibility and structure?"  It effectively addressed the need for structure while students pursue their interests in order to acheive success.

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